The Master of Education degree in Bilingual Education/Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) major is designed to prepare teachers to work with the ever increasing number of non- and limited English proficient students in Oklahoma's schools. The program provides already-certified teachers the training to better assist K-12 English language learners who are struggling to survive and succeed academically. The program provides students with the foundations of research, language acquisition theory, and history and philosophy, as well as current instructional and assessment practices, and grounding in English language structure and usage.
The program allows students to complete the 24-hour course requirements of UCO's state-approved program for a teaching credential designation in Bilingual/Multicultural Education and/or English as a Second Language (non-testing endorsements) and apply them toward the 33-hour degree requirements. Students not holding Oklahoma teaching certification, but otherwise eligible for admission, will be required to complete other prerequisites.
Specific program objectives focus on developing the knowledge, skills and dispositions for professionals in the fields of Bilingual Education and /or Teaching English as a Second Language. They include the following: